- Posted at 5:13 pm on November 29, 2011 by Conservation & Science Staff
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Dr. Steven C. Amstrup, chief scientist at conservation organization Polar Bears International, will present "Polar Bear Population Projections: Reliability in the Face of Uncertainty" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 9 at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
In 2007, Amstrup's research team at the U.S. Geological Survey projected that by mid-century the earth would lose two-thirds of its remaining polar bear population. More recently, however, he and his colleagues showed that preventing polar bear extinction is largely a matter of controlling greenhouse gasses. The good news is that prompt greenhouse gas mitigation will prevent excessive loss of sea ice and help preserve sustainable polar bear populations over a majority of their current range.
For ticket information and details about other lectures in the Explorer Series go to cmnh.org. Students get complimentary admission with valid college ID. Come early to see other current Museum exhibits - both free with lecture admission - including "Polar Obsession - Photographs" by Paul Nicklen showcasing important insights into animal behavior and the fragile environments in which they live.
This lecture is sponsored by the Cleveland Chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Cleveland Zoological Society.